An information meeting to explore ways of maximising farm profit for beef farmers will take place on Tuesday April 3rd at 7.30 pm in Castlerea Mart.
The meeting, which is being hosted by the Irish Angus Cattle Society, will feature a very impressive line-up of speakers such as Justin McCarthy; Irish Farmers Journal, Joe Burke; Bord Bia, Aidan Murray; Teagasc and Charles Smith; Irish Angus Producers Group.
Speaking to the Roscommon People last week Irish Angus Council member and breeder Padraig O’Connor from Elphin explained that the focus of the meeting is to look at ways that beef farmers from the West of Ireland can maximise output – while at the same time reducing costs.
“Information from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation tells us that the number of calves calved per suckler cow is on the decrease, this is very disappointing as this has a major negative effect on farm output and therefore profitability’ explains Padraig.
“Maximising output or the numbers of live calves calved per cow each year is critical in order to take advantage of the current high beef prices that we are currently experiencing” according to Padraig.
“Recent years has also seen an explosion in farm costs, controlling these costs will help contribute to improved bottom line profit. The meeting has the very best experts lined up to discuss how we can solve this puzzle of increasing output while at the same time reducing production costs,” Padraig explains.
Bord Bia’s Joe Burke will kick off the meeting with an overview of the beef market and a look at the kind of beef consumers are currently demanding. This will be followed by a presentation by Teagasc’s Aidan Murray on how improved management can help to improve output and efficiency on farm.
Following that there will be a live cattle demonstration which which will explore the breeding options available to farmers to maximise farm output, the cattle demonstration will be commented on by Justin McCarthy from the Irish Farmers Journal.
Finally, Charles Smith from the Irish Angus Producer Group will outline the bonus scheme available on Angus cross cattle for the coming months.
This meeting is very timely with the current buoyancy in the beef sector and if you are a beef producer looking to maximise profit through increased output and reduced costs this is a must attend meeting.
For further information about the meeting please call Patsy on 071-9620253.
Issue dated: 30th March 2012
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